Prenatal Substance Exposure – Why Should I Care?

This course demonstrates the dangers of prenatal substance exposure for Drug Endangered Children (DEC) throughout their lives.


Check out the free CheckDEC app designed for iOS (Apple) and Android mobile devices in both English & Spanish. The CheckDEC app along with companion website is designed to provide help, hope and support for victims, survivors, professionals, and community members. Download CheckDEC by visiting the app stores or the CheckDEC website.

National DEC also provides both virtual and in-person opportunities to build capacity, increase knowledge and awareness, implement promising practices, develop skills, etc.…all to help professionals change the trajectory of children’s lives. For more information about National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children training and technical support contact [email protected].

About This Course

This course describes how prenatal substance exposure has the potential to cause a variety of physical and developmental challenges for Drug Endangered Children (DEC) throughout their lives. You will be able to recognize the part you play in identifying children who are at risk, begin the earliest possible intervention even while still in utero, and understand your ability to change the trajectory of the child’s life. Intervention begins by starting a conversation using interviewing techniques and providing resources and sharing information with community partners.

Primary Audience

Law enforcement, child welfare, medical, legal, education and first responders.

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (DEC)

The National DEC exists to help make a difference in the lives of children who are living in dangerous drug environments.